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Ancient Egypt

over 3 years ago

     You must choose to make a multimedia PowerPoint report on one of the following topics and build exemplars for you report. exemplars are dioramas, statues, murals etc.

  • Religion
  • Pyramid Construction
  • Mummification
  • Hieroglyphics (Rosette Stone)
  • The Nile River
  • Daily Life
  • Funerary Boat
  • 2 or more Great Monuments
  • Jewelry
  • Famous Pharaoh like King Tut
1)    A Pyramid Project, build a pyramid with a removable section enabling people to see the inside of the pyramid. The research project needs to contain information on how the pyramid was built, where they were built, problems encountered in building, jobs, costs etc. The report should contain information on the valley of kings where kings were buried in tombs instead of pyramids. You may also include history of some of the great pyramids and who they were built for.
Mummification,  Canopic Jars
2)     A Mummy in full wrapping of cloth or gauze with painted face and accompanying staffs of office. Your report will completely explain what happens to a person from the moment they die to and including burial rituals. All of the steps taken to embalm the person should be clearly explained with accompanying illustrations.
3)     Canopic jars project includes all four jars with the appropriate heads on each and mock interior organs. Your report will completely explain what happens to a person from the moment they die to and including burial rituals. All of the steps taken to embalm the person should be clearly explained with accompanying illustrations.
4)     Funerary Boat project includes building a model of an ancient funerary boat, with oars, and small sarcophagus sitting in the middle of it. The boat may be made of any material. Your report will detail how all types of boats where built in ancient Egypt. You should explain what and how each type of boat was used. The report will include how a funerary boat is built, and sailed to its resting place.
Famous Pharaoh
5)     King Tut’s or similarly famous Pharaohs' sarcophagus and death mask should be well crafted with as much detail as possible. The report should contain general information on kings and the ruling class of ancient Egypt. The report should contain as much specific data about Tut or similarly famous Pharaoh as possible along with the information about the discovery of his tomb.
Egyptian Village, or Daily Life, Nile River
6)     Model of an Egyptian village should show the general outlay of a small village with houses, farms, and markets along with tradesmen and craftsman houses and wares. The report will include information on the normal daily life of people in ancient Egypt. What did the do for jobs, eat, drink, ideas on raising a family, and farming problems and accomplishments.
7)   A diorama of ancient Egyptian life should show and house an its grounds and surrounding farms. The report will include information on the normal daily life of people in ancient Egypt. What did the do for jobs, eat, drink, ideas on raising a family, and farming problems and accomplishments.
8)  Nile river project will include making a report on the geography of the Nile river. Secondarily you will investigate ancient farming and irrigation methods. You will build a 3D diorama of the the Nile river.
9)     A historical scroll using Hieroglyphics that is painted on the scroll much as ancient scrip would write down the history of a king or queens adventure or trip. The scroll could tell an ancient myth about one of the gods. Your report would center on the job of an ancient scribe. How do you become a scribe, what type of training do you go through, who do you work for, and what types of things do you write about.
10)     Make a statue of an Egyptian God or Goddess. Your report will contain as much information on each of the ancient gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. Evaluate why ancient people believe in their gods and what they did in the of worshiping the ancient gods.
Daily Life
11)    Egyptian mural of burial customs, how a pyramid is built or everyday life of a slave or citizen, village or farm. The mural should be drawn in the custom of the ancient artists of Egypt. Your report should contain information on the making of art such as sculpture, jewelry and paintings in ancient Egypt. What types of materials and tools were used to make art long ago? Who bought and sold the art in ancient Egypt and why styles where popular during these times.
Jewelry or Clothing
12)    Make a hand made set of clothing or jewelry for a person from ancient Egypt. The jewelry or clothing must actual fit on you. Your report should contain information on the making of art such as sculpture, jewelry and paintings in ancient Egypt. What types of materials and tools were used to make art long ago? Who bought and sold the art in ancient Egypt and why styles where popular during these times. Information about clothing and what different classes of people wore.

General Information on Egypt


Daily Life

Nile River


Great Monuments

Death and Burial customs

Famous Pharaohs and Queens


Ancient Art: Egypt
The Detroit Institute of Arts
This site gives a brief introduction to the history and culture of ancient Egypt. It is illustrated by objects in the museum’s collection. Click on each object for further description and discussion.



Ancient Egypt
The British Museum
This site teaches you about Egyptian life, geography, religion, architecture, and writing through short descriptions and wonderful illustrations. There are also stories to read and games to play that deal with ancient Egypt.



Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World
The Art Institute of Chicago
This site lets you experience the culture and art of ancient civilizations through narrated videos and illustrated timelines and maps.



Color Tour of Egypt
Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, The University of Memphis
This site gives a tour of Egypt through photographs, artifacts, and basic text.



Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
This site includes trivia and interactive games focusing on daily life in ancient Egypt, as well as a fictional story written by a sixth grader.



Egypt: Mummies, a Sphinx, and a Palace
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
This site provides at tour of the Museum’s Egyptian galleries, including an exhibit entitled "Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science."



Hatshepsut’s Revenge
Isis Productions
"Hatshepsut’s Revenge" is an interactive adventure game that takes you back to ancient Egypt. Help the pharaoh solve a mystery!



NOVA Online Adventure – Mysteries of the Nile
This site includes a neat timeline, which traces Egyptian history through pictures and basic text.


Understanding Ancient Egyptian Beliefs
Cyberkids online magazine
On this site, you can read an article about ancient Egyptian beliefs about religion and death, and then answer a crossword puzzle with the information you learned.



Books about Egypt



Cohen, Daniel. Ancient Egypt. Doubleday, 1990.
Cohen traces the history of ancient Egypt from the unification of the Upper and Lower lands to the Roman conquest in 30 B.C.



Harris, Geraldine. Ancient Egypt. Facts on File, 1990.
Charts, maps, and other illustrations add to this account of the history of Egyptian pharaohs and their land. Photographs of ancient ruins and important places along the Nile River are included.



Hart, George. Ancient Egypt. Harcourt, 1989.
This book includes full-color replicas of real Egyptian artifacts.



Putnam, James. Ancient Egypt Treasure Chest. Running Press, 1994.
This kit is shaped like a treasure chest and comes with its own lock and key, so only you can look inside it. You’ll find a scarab board game, an illustrated book about Egypt, rubber stamps with hieroglyphs on them, and some beads to make your own Egyptian necklace.



Tiano, Oliver. Ramses II and Egypt. Henry Holt and Co., 1995.
This exciting, full-color book elaborately traces the history of art, architecture, food, fashion, politics, people, literature, and customs during the reign of Rameses II. It also talks about the life of this pharaoh, including his more than 110 children!



Books about People in Egypt



Bianchi, Robert. The Nubians: People of the Ancient Nile. Millbrook, 1994.
The Nubians are an African civilization, who neighbors Egypt and whose history can be traced back to ancient times. Bianchi talks about the history, both ancient and modern, of this culture along the Nile River.



Glubok, Shirley, and Alfred Tamarin. The Mummy of Ramose: The Life and Death of an Ancient Nobleman. Harper Collins, 1978.
This book provides a history of the life and death of Ramose, the vizier to the Pharaohs Amenhotep III and his son Akhenaton.



Grant, Neil. The Egyptians. Oxford University Press, 1993.
This book is an easy-to-read guide to the lifestyle and customs of the ancient Egyptians.



Stanley, Diane, and Peter Vennema. Cleopatra. Morrow, 1994.
This book tells about this famous Egyptian woman and the important role she played in the history of Egypt.



Woods, Geraldine. Science in Ancient Egypt. Watts, 1988.
This book is a descriptive account of the scientific advancements made by ancient Egyptians in science, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, agriculture, and technology.



Books about Mythology in Egypt



Harris, Geraldine. Gods and Pharaohs from Egyptian Mythology. Peter Bedrick Books, 1993.
In this book, myths from ancient Egypt are told and illustrated. The book includes a chart of the Egyptian "pantheon" of gods, as well as a discussion of hieroglyphic writing.



Books about Daily Life in Egypt



Coles, Janet, and Marsha Hill. Fun with Beads: Ancient Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Viking Publishing, 1995.
This kit comes equipped with over 1000 different beads like the ones the ancient Egyptians wore in their jewelry. With this kit, you can make your own necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.



Coote, Roger. The Egyptians. Wayland, 1993.
This book provides maps, photographs, drawings, and a timeline of important dates in Egypt’s history. It talks about the lives of the ancient Egyptians: their art, food, and work in times of peace and war.



Defrates, Joanna. What Do We Know about the Ancient Egyptians? Peter Bedrick Books, 1992.
This series takes an exciting look at religion, history, and culture through the everyday lives of people from all over the world. This book uses photographs and detailed illustrations to help young people ask questions about, and to lead them toward a better understanding of, the ancient Egyptians.



Books about Death and Burial in Egypt



Aliki. Mummies Made in Egypt. Harper Collins, 1979.
Aliki describes each step in the process of preparing the body for the afterlife. Some of the illustrations are based on actual artwork found in ancient Egyptian tombs.



Clancy, Flora S. Pyramids. St. Remy Press and Smithsonian Institution, 1994.
Dr. Clancy gives the answers to the questions of why and how the pyramids were built. She talks about the ideological, political, and economic effects, and about how the Egyptians considered the pyramids to be mountains that connect heaven and the underworld. This book is at a more difficult reading level.



Clare, John D. Pyramids of Ancient Egypt. Harcourt Brace Jovanich, 1992.
The process of building a pyramid is explained here in detail. The photographs on every page show what modern-day Egyptologists think the people, clothing, and workplaces of ancient Egypt looked like.



Macaulay, David. Pyramid. Houghton, 1975.
This book provides a neat description of the processes involved in building an Egyptian pyramid, from choosing the site to placing the final casing stone after burial. Macaulay does his own illustrations, which are both interesting and fun to look at. If you want to see another David Macaulay book, take a look at his Motel of the Mysteries.



Morley, Jacqueline, et al. Inside Story: An Egyptian Pyramid. Peter Bedrick Books, 1991.
This book chronicles the various stages of building a pyramid, as well as the life of the workers and the pharaohs. A great variety of illustrations complement and enhance the text.



Perl, Lila. Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure: Secrets of Ancient Egypt. Clarion, 1987.
This book talks about how the bodies of the ancient Egyptians were preserved after death. It also describes the many rituals observed to protect the dead person’s spirit. Photographs and line drawings of mummies, tomb paintings, and Egyptian architectural sites greatly enhance the text.



Putnam, James. Mummy. Knopf, 1993.
The text and the illustrations of the book work together to describe Egyptian mummification. Putnam also explains new investigative techniques that are gentler on the ancient bodies.



Wilcox, Charlotte. Mummies and Their Mysteries. Carolrhoda, 1993.
The mummification process in ancient Egypt, as well as in other parts of the world, is examined here with the help of full-color photographs and illustrations.



Books about Writing in Egypt



Giblin, James Cross. The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone. Harper Collins, 1990.
This book describes the 1799 discovery of the Rosetta Stone and its subsequent decoding. This historic event helped with future decipherings of ancient writings.



Katan, Norma J., and Barbara Mintz. Hieroglyphs: The Writing of Ancient Egypt. McElderry, 1981.
In this book, the authors explain what is known about the system of writing used in ancient Egypt. Photographs of real hieroglyphic texts add to the text.



Roehrig, Catharine. Fun with Hieroglyphs Kit. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Viking, 1990.
In this kit, you will find a set of rubber stamps, an illustrated guidebook, and a hieroglyph alphabet chart that will help you create and decode your own secret messages.

Ancient Greece

over 3 years ago

Ancient Greek Religion


Phase 1 - Background: Something for Everyone

Create a Slide show presentation with a title slide, table of contents, and a slide for each questions. In the notes are be careful to copy in the name of the website or book that you got your information from. Each slide needs at least one or two pictures and the notes should contain its website. Your group needs to make a map of your city or a diorama. Then you must also each make a picture of an ancient Greek pot.

Each person in your group will research themselves as a Builder, Politician, Warrior, or Merchant, ask yourself the following questions:
Your group choose{ either Sparta, or Athens as your home.

Where do I live, what do I wear, and what do I eat?

What do I do all day and how do I spend my leisure time?

What kind of education do I have?

What kind of poetry and plays do I like?

Who is my favorite god or goddess and why?

What happened in wars between the Persians and the Greeks?


Explore all of the web sites listed below to find as much information as possible about your rights and privileges in Greek society. Read and analyze the excerpts from The Odyssey and Antigone and the background material on a god or goddess of your choice. Be prepared to participate in class discussion.

Politician and History

The Ancient Greeks*

Electronic Passport to Athens*

Electronic Passport to Ancient Greece

Introduction to Ancient Greece

Athens and Sparta

Citizens of Athens and Sparta

Ancient Greece : Athens

Daily Life in Ancient Greece

City States' Social Structure and Government

Thinkquest: Athens

Electronic Passport to Sparta*

Daily Life in Ancient Greece*

Europe, Greece and Philosophy to 500BC *

Introduction to Ancient Greece

Athens and Sparta

Citizens of Athens and Sparta

Electronic Passport to Ancient Greece

City States' Social Structure and Government

Thinkquest: Sparta


Europe, Greece and Philosophy to 500BC* 

Electronic Passport to Ancient Greece *

Ancient Greece: Archaic Greece,800-500BC*

Ancient Greek World Economy *

Greek Geography

Economics in Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece Agriculture


Persian Wars *

Electronic Passport to the Persia *

The Persian Wars: Greece's Finest Hours *

Electronic Passport to Alexander the Great *

Ancient Greek Wars

Thinkquest: Persian Wars

General Websites

Ancient Greece - Contains categories for art & architecture, geography, war, history, mythology, Olympics, people, and links to
other resources

Daily Life in Ancient Greece - Lists info about gender roles, houses, food, clothing, hair styles, dance, stories, education, weddings,
toys and games, city-states, and links to other sites

Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport to Ancient Greece - Provides general info and specific facts about mythology, Homer, city-states,
war, Persia, philosophy, Alexander the Great, and a downloadable quiz

The Ancient Greek World - Provides info and photos of artifacts for land and time, daily life, religion and death, economy, and
extra topics

Ancient Greece Index - Alphabetical list of topics from Encyclopedia Britannica

BBC Schools Ancient Greece - Info about Olympia, Corinth, and Athens with details, cartoons, and audio and visual resources

Ancient / Classical History Index - Alphabetical list of sites with info related to Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece - Information from Encarta - multimedia

Ancient Greece - Links for daily life, art, biographies, pictures, maps, and research. Includes code numbers for quick access to sites

Phase 2 - political interactions

You and your partner have been assigned one of the following topics for your research: the Olympics, government/politics, or warfare/weapons. Use the Internet information linked below, as well as any pertinent sites from the general background list, to answer these questions specifically related to your aspect of political interactions: 


1. What role did the Olympics play in the culture of Ancient Greece? Describe some of the most interesting competitions and rituals of the games. What vocabulary has carried over into English from this field? How has the Ancient Greek tradition of the Olympics influenced our modern culture?


2. What role did the government and politicians play in the culture of Ancient Greece? Who were some of the most famous rulers or politicians of the time and why were they so famous? What vocabulary has carried over into English from this field? How has the government and politics of Ancient Greece influenced our modern culture?


3. What role did warfare and weapons play in the culture of Ancient Greece? What were some of most important battles of the day and what weapons were used? What vocabulary has carried over into English from this field? How has Ancient Greek warfare and weapons influenced our modern culture?

 The Perseus Digital Library - Detailed info on the Olympics and Hercules Also primary and secondary sources on Ancient Greece

The Ancient Greeks - Brief descriptions with photos